10 MINUTES WITH… JAMES NORTON ON…
…being surprised by the success of Grantchester
No one anticipated it would do as well as it has. I was fresh and green, hoping it was going to catch the public attention. And it did – I definitely owe a lot to the show.
…filming his final series
It’s been a privilege to play such a wonderful character, but I feel like there are other vicars, other conflicted souls, to explore. So it’s time to pass on the dog collar to Tom Brittney as Reverend Will Davenport. I had a couple of light-hearted conversations with some of the producers offering my dramatic, absurd, far-fetched versions of his exit. I wanted Sidney to be the victim of a gruesome murder and then the new vicar would have to investigate the crime.
…shedding a tear saying goodbye to co-star Robson Green
The final scene I did with Robson was very sad. It’s no secret that Robson and I are good friends. The lines between the reality and the story are so blurred. The relationship Sidney and Geordie had was largely informed by that. And so when you have two friends having a version of a goodbye, both Robson and James and Geordie and Sidney were all in this emotional mess. l
Grantchester returns to ITV on Friday at 9pm.